With over 100 real-life bikes recreated in great detail, Ride boasts the most motorcycles per pixel of any authentic racing game in 2015.
Racers can choose machines from the world’s leading manufacturers, customise the look and spec as much as they wish, then challenge up to 11 other racers online, or 15 other computer-controlled bikes, in various modes of play.
Italy isn’t known for its video games (but is in the DNA of video games icons; see right), yet Ride developer Milestone, based in Milan, has been making officially licensed racing games for Superbikes, MotoGP, the Motocross World Championships and the World Rally Championship since 1999. There is pedigree here. To make Ride, Milestone has collaborated with Ducati, Yamaha, KTM, Honda, Triumph, MV Agusta, Aprilia and Energica to create the most realistic collection of bikes ever seen in a video game.
The action takes place on seven grand prix-inspired tracks, two city circuits, five open-road tracks and a sort-of-test-track that has been devised to test skills to the absolute limit. There are the usual types of competition found in racing games – series, one-offs, time trials – but also a drag racing mode and an endurance mode. Everything looks amazing, and hands-on previews suggest it will play that way, too. Out on March 20.
Mario is back: with friends and you as creator.
Mario v Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars & Mario Party 10
It’s fitting, for the 30th anniversary in 2015 of the appearance of Super Mario Brothers, that there are three new games featuring the little Italian plumber. Two are out in March: the puzzle game Mario v Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars for Wii U and 3DS, and the multiplayer mayhem of Mario Party 10 for Wii U.
Due soon on Wii U is Mario Maker, which is something truly new. You build your own Mario levels with all the classic elements, then play them and share them online. It’s incredibly good fun.
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